Trials and Blessings

Satan himself did not presume to ask of God to be allowed himself to afflict Job. In the first chapter, the eleventh verse he says, "Put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face"; and in the second chapter and the fifth verse, "Put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to they face". Satan knew that none but God could touch Job; and when Satan was permitted to afflict him, Job was quite right in recognizing the Lord Himself as the doer of those things which He permitted to be done.

Oftentimes shall we be helped and blessed if we bear this in mind - that Satan is servant, and not master, and that he, and wicked men incited by him, are permitted only to do that which God by His determinate counsel and free knowledge has before determined shall be done. Come joy, or come sorrow, we may always take it from the hand of God.

Judas betrayed his Master with a kiss. Our Lord did not stop short at Judas, nor did He even stop at the great enemy who filled Judas’ heart to do this thing; but He said, "The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" How the tendency to resentment and a wrong feeling would be removed, could we take an injury from the hand of a loving Father, instead of looking chiefly at the agent through whom it comes to us! It matters not who is the postman - it is with the writer of the letter that we are concerned. It matters not who is the messenger - it is with God that His children have to do.

We conclude, therefore, that Job was not mistaken, and that we shall not be mistaken if we follow his example in accepting all God’s providential dealings as from Himself, and are sure that they will issue in ultimate blessing, because God is God, and therefore, "all things work together for good to them that love God" (Rom. 8:28).